what’s this bug?
Your website is great! I’ve been able to find everything I was trying to look up, except one bug, which I need some help with. I found these little guys while walking in a partially wooded area near Boone, NC. The first one we found was in the stick and leaf debris, and then we found a second one hanging onto a large rock. They were about 1.5 – 2 inches long. Any ideas?
This is a Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar, and its osmeterium, a Y-shaped retractile organ that emits a foul odor, is showing.